Original Review on http://www.nahmj.com/2016/04/29/hua-yu-wee-seafood-restaurant-singapore
Hua Yu Wee Seafood Restaurant 华友园海鲜 is located within a colonial bungalow along Upper East Coast Road. It is standing strong at its original location since it started. And it is not an unfamilar icon to those who stay in the area.
We started with Spinach Tofu with Mushrooms. The tofu was almost drowned in the mushroom. I was amazed at how smooth and silky was the tofu.
Next on the table was the Lala. The Lala was swimming in a spicy and strong ginger seafood flavoured broth. I was glad the Lala were fresh and there weren't sand in them.
We have a Broccoli and Huang Di Miao. Both were stir-fried with garlic. There isn't much to describe about greens. Maybe green and crunchy as they should.
The Squid Paste You Tiao is popular dish at Zi Char places. We ordered a plate that night too. Squid paste was chewy. A pity the You Tiao wasn't as crispy as it should be but certainly not soggy though.
The Feng Sha Chicken is a dish highly recommended by one of the diners who visited the restaurant. By the side were dishes of chopped garlic and ginger as dips for the chicken. I took a piece of breast meat (by accident), surprisingly, it wasn't dry and the meat was tender with a very crispy skin. But a little salty.
Cereal Prawns were de-shelled before deep frying. This made it convenient to consume and the best part, in my opinion is that the cereal were still on the surface of prawns. This dish was decent though one of the diner whose fave is cereal prawn felt the cereal wasn't tasty enough. Perhaps it was lacking of the herb such as the curry leaves that are usually fried with the cereal.
We ordered both the Chilli Crab and the Black Pepper. None prefer the latter. The wok hei (the char fragrance) was far too strong and almost like the black pepper were burnt. All the 7 diners prefer the Chilli Crab. Personally, I felt the tomato sauce flavour was a little too overwhelming.
Before having our last dish, the dessert, we have the Seafood Hor Fun. It may not look appetising especially after all the sumptuous food earlier but the Rice Noodle beneath the sauce was excellent. The Wok Hei was strong. I wouldn't mind having only the rice noodle with no other ingredients.
Yam Paste was the last dish to end the night, which I find it mediocre. The yam paste wasn't as flavourful as it should be. And the ginko nut wasn't soft but hard and chewy and it wasn't sweet. It wasn't cooked using the traditional Teochew method.
Beyond the old fashion look of Hua Yu Wee Seafood Restaurant, there were quite some delish food worth looking forward to. And I heard they have quite some off the menu dishes. If keen pop over to ask for them.
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The 7 of us sat indoors with proper aircond and the tables were not so close to each other so it was a good dining environment and what a meal we had. Its an old building but there was no musty odours just the lovely smell of food and the place was very well lit. I checked out the place and saw the big and clean open kitchen, and how everything from the dish washing stations to the food serving was so well organized and the surrounding area and toilets are kept clean.
It was a busy Tuesday night but service was courteous and the smiling faces each time we order or request something was really nice and set us in a good mood.
1) Stir Fried Long Beans with Crispy Fried Shrimps - lovely long beans with texture and taste like asparagus! Well seasoned and the shrimp added depth to the flavor and a nice crunch.
2) Chilli Crab - huge and very fresh crabs, the gravy was tomatoey and spicy at the same time which was perfect. The mini fried mantous that goes with it was crispy but not oily and was pillowy soft on the inside.
3) Feng Sha Chicken - perfectly roasted and deboned chicken. The skin was crispy with no trace of fat and the meat still moist and flavourful. The dipping sauce that came with this dish was very good. Was really impressed by this simple but beautiful dish.
4) Crispy Fried Squids - crispy and not overly sticky sweet like at some other places.
5) Lala Fried Hor Fun (Rice noodles) - Hor fun was not mushy and had plenty of wok-hei (to me this proves the chef's credentials!). The gravy was tasty and the crispy fried hor fun added to it was unique and very good.
6) Hae Chor - with crunchy waterchestnut and sweet prawn pieces, it was not oily.
7) Huo ban tofu - creamy melt-in-the-mouth cold bean curd, a perfect dessert to end the meal.
We paid about $38 per person which we think was worth every cent. We will definitely be back again to try the other dishes.
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We have ordered the following Stir Fried Long Beans with Crispy Fried Shrimps Spinach Tofu with Mushrooms Seafood Kway Tiao Cereal Prawns Feng Sha Chicken Chilli Crab Black Pepper Crab The total bill was about $260 (~S$37 per pax). We had 6 adults and 2 young kids. It is along East Coast Road. If you are driving, do patronise them early as the car park may be full. They provide valet service as well. The place emits a familiar nostalgic feeling. Making you feel at ease. A welcome change for the usual posh seafood restaurants. Highly recommended for family and friends gathering.
We heard that it gets crowded in the evening and parking was difficult so we arrived at 5:30pm to avoid the rush. We ordered both the chili and pepper crab and we were not disappointed. Their specialty was obviously the black pepper crab. The thick savory sauce will make any mouth water! The chili crab had the right amount of kick to make the experience memorable. The presentation was beautiful wowing our foreign guests. We also ordered the yuan chow fried rice, sweet and sour pork, garlic spinach, fried chicken and lastly the deep fried squid. All but one were average fare. We order deep fried squid at restaurants when we can, after getting hooked the first time we tried it but I have to say that the deep fried squid we had here is one of the better ones we had. It was correctly done, not burnt or overcooked and the sauce/paste had a tangy sweet taste. Other reviews remarked on the low quality of service but I have to disagree. The staff was courteous and very attentive. I give them 4 stars (only because the place was packed and they had other customers)!
Fantastically valued local food. A true hidden gem for Chili Crab. A breath of fresh air compared to more generic commercialized establishments like Jumbo and Long Beach. Best of all, its BYO! Do NOT expect any service here, though. Expect to be fetching your own menus, water, and constant hunting down of wait staff to check up on your order. But if you brace yourself for the battle you will be rewarded with fantastic food!